“The ATP job has been an absolute disgrace this week. Two days ago I went to bed at 4 or 4:30 in the morning. Yesterday (Saturday), at 5:20 a.m. I’m mad. I had no chance to be myself today (Sunday), no chance of playing at my level. When you go to bed at 4 a.m. one night and then the next night at 5 a.m., just waking up is hard. You are dead. You are not able to perform physical activity at the highest level. And to play Carlos Alcaraz in the Masters 1000 final, who I think is the best player in the world right now, to compete with him, you have to be at your best. You even have to be on top”dropped the world No. 3 at a press conference.
“I probably wouldn’t have beaten Carlos, but it would have been a better game”
But he does not put his defeat on the sole fact of his late games. “Today, even fresh, I probably wouldn’t have beaten Carlos, but it would have been a better game. I am human. I am not a robot. I can’t play at my best when it happens every night. It’s not the first time this has happened. In Acapulco (in February), I played until 5 a.m. and stayed up until 8:30 a.m. It happens every week, and to be honest, I’m a little sick of it. »